A Clarification of My Position on Bottled Water

One of my core recommendations for being prepared for a water emergency is to have an adequate supply of bottled water on hand. Bottled water is very important, for reasons I will share. But every time I recommend bottled water I inevitably get some people who respond and proclaim that bottled water is the devil and I must be getting money from the bottled water industry for promoting them. I also hear from people who don’t like their water coming in contact with plastic, and there are other people who complain about the brands that I recommend. I want to set the record straight and cut through any issues you may have with bottled water. And also, before we go any further I want to say that no, I don’t receive any money from the bottled water industry. So with that out of the way, here’s what you need to know. WHAT DO I RECOMMEND? In brief, I recommend that you store one gallon per day per person for at least fifteen days. I recommend the small, half-liter plastic bottles and my preference is AquaFina brand. To see my specific recommendations, go here. WHY DO I RECOMMEND BOTTLED WATER? Bottled
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Don’t I Need Minerals In My Water?

  One of the most common questions I receive is, “Don’t I need minerals in my water?” This a persistent water myth, but if you look at it rationally, it’s easy to discover the truth of the matter. First, it’s important to look at this question from two scenarios; 1) an emergency situation, and 2) everyday life. In an emergency situation it’s very important that you ONLY consider one aspect; the safety of your water. All other factors are irrelevant. So, when you are in an emergency situation, follow the Red Cross recommendations, or go beyond these recommendations by using a water distiller to purify your water. In an emergency situation, don’t worry about whether your water has minerals, if it has the right pH, whether it’s clustered, super-oxygenated, harmonic, or whatever else someone is selling. It’s all about safety, and if anyone says anything else, don’t listen to them ever again. Now that I made that point crystal clear, let’s move on to drinking water for everyday life. Do you need minerals in your drinking water? No. Water is the most important substance you put into your body. It allows you to regulate your temperature, it transports nutrients and
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What Happens If You Go Without Water?

  This is an entertaining short video from the guys at SciShow about the importance of water in your body. Please watch! (No, that is not me on the video. )     Disasters happen. If the power goes out in your city for an extended period of time, your tap water could be dangerously contaminated for a long time. Without a supply of safe drinking water you can quickly become ill and not be able to protect and provide for your family when they need it most. The Survival Still can save your family, if you own one BEFORE an emergency happens!
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What is the Difference Between Pasteurization, Boiling and Distillation?

  There is discussion on the internet about pasteurization of water in an emergency situation. In this article I want to clear up any confusion between boiling and pasteurization, because they are not the same thing, and I want to compare both methods to distillation. Let’s start by comparing boiling and pasteurization. While there are some similarities, they are not at all the same. One similarity is that they both involve heating water, but the difference is the temperature to which water is heated and the length of time it is held at a specific temperature. Mankind has been boiling substances much longer than we have been pasteurizing substances. To my knowledge, no one person has been given credit for discovering the process of boiling though many have studied it. Let’s just give credit to early man or God since there are some examples of boiling in nature. The process of pasteurization, on the other hand, is named after a famous French Chemist, Louis Pasteur. He did much of his research pasteurizing wine and is also famous for anthrax and many other germ-related research. He is the one most responsible for the germ theory for infectious disease. We shall continue here by defining the
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The Truth About Alkaline Water

  One of the most well traveled water myths is that of alkaline water and its supposed health benefits. These claims are based on pseudoscience and are not based on facts or science. I want to first focus on the facts, then I will answer “why” this myth is so persistent and finally, my recommendations. FIRST THE FACTS… I want to encourage you to read Dr. Stephen Lower’s website “The gallery of water-related pseudoscience and quackery”. Dr. Lower (a retired chemistry professor of Simon Frasier University) looks at the countless claims made by people selling water and tries to cut through the huge amount of misinformation that is out there. Here’s a short snippet of what he has to say about alkaline water (see his full analysis here)… Here, in a nutshell, are a few basic facts that I believe anyone with a solid background in chemistry or physiology would concur with: “Ionized water” is nothing more than sales fiction; the term is meaningless to chemists. Pure water (that is, water containing no dissolved ions) is too unconductive to undergo signficant electrolysis by “water ionizer” devices. Pure water can never be alkaline or acidic, nor can it be made so
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Excerpt from Lights Out by Ted Koppel

Excerpt from Lights Out by Ted Koppel   “Darkness. Extended periods of darkness, longer and more profound than anyone now living in one of America’s greatest great cities has ever known. As power shuts down there is darkness and the sudden loss of electrical conveniences. As batteries lose power, there is the more gradual failure of cellphones, portable radios, and flashlights. Emergency generators provide pockets of light and power, but there is little running water anywhere. In cities with water towers on the roofs of high-rise buildings, gravity keeps the flow going for two, perhaps three days. When this runs out, taps go dry; toilets no longer flush. Emergency supplies of bottled water are too scarce to use for anything but drinking, and there is nowhere to replenish the supply. Disposal of human waste become a critical issue within days. Supermarket and pharmacy shelves are empty in a matter of hours. It is a shock to discover how quickly a city can exhaust its food supplies. Stores do not readily adapt to panic buying, and many city dwellers, accustomed to ordering out, have only scant supplies at home. There is no immediate resupply, and people become desperate. For the first
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THE BEST WAY TO REMOVE LEAD FROM WATER

  LEAD IS IN THE NEWS AGAIN… This time the news is coming in from Flint, Michigan where lead tests in young children (and others) shows elevated blood-lead levels. Lead in drinking water (and food) has been associated with a wide variety of mental as well as physical disorders. The extent of the physiological damage depends on the actual blood-lead level and the individual’s susceptibility. The immediate crisis in the municipal water supply of Flint appears to be caused when the water municipality switched from Detroit water to the Flint river a couple of years ago, as a money saving effort. The water from the Flint river is much more corrosive than the Detroit water supply which come directly from Lake Huron. This led to unforeseen health consequences which the citizens of Flint are suffering today. The EPA has set the level of concern and action for lead in consumable water at 5 parts per billion. The lead level in the Detroit water is 2.3 ppb. The lead level in Flint’s water when they were getting it from the Flint river was 27 ppb…more than 5 tmes the level of concern. Every neighborhood in Flint experienced higher levels of lead
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Ted Koppel’s Book “Light’s Out”

  Today I want to write about one of the most important books that has been published in recent times; Ted Koppel’s “Light’s Out“. Anyone who has their eye’s open can see that we live in increasingly dangerous times. The threat of an economic collapse, social unrest, terrorism hang over our heads, but of all of the threats facing us, the most significant one is the threat of attack on our electric grid. In one instant, that which makes us the strongest and wealthiest country in the world can be taken away from us. Take away our electricity, and you bring us back to the stone age. Worse than the stone age, because people in the stone age knew how to live without electricity; we don’t. In other words, our greatest strength is also our greatest weakness. Ted Koppel’s book is significant for four reasons… It’s published by a very high-profile person. Because he is such a high-profile person he has had access to, and been able to interview a great number of key people. It’s extremely well researched. He is doing tremendous publicity for the book. Just look at the people who have written reviews for the book, including Tom Brokaw, Anderson Cooper,
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Ask Glenn Meder: Should I Drink Distilled Water Every Day?

Question: In one of your classes, you mentioned that you drink only distilled water every day. Why? Answer: The only water that my family and I consume on a regular basis is distilled water. This is what we have done for 30 years, and it’s what we will do for the rest of our lives because I believe that the quality (purity) of water that you consume can have a significant impact on your health. It comes down to this simple question, “Do you think you have a better chance of living a long, healthy life if you avoid consuming chemicals and toxins?” If your answer is yes, then you too should drink only distilled water. First of all, what is “distilled” water? Actually, there is no such thing as “distilled water”. Water is water. The only difference between different types of water is how clean it is. The only difference between highly contaminated ocean water, for example, and pure rain water are the contaminants that are in the water. The word “distilled” just describes the method by which the water was cleaned. The process of distillation is usually a very thorough and consistent way to clean water, so it’s
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The Real Impact of The San Andreas “Big One”

  LATER THIS MONTH a new movie will be released called “San Andreas”, starring the Rock. It’s about a massive earthquake striking California. I have not seen the movie, obviously because it’s not out yet, but I have seen the trailer. Of course, the Rock saves a pretty lady while the helicopter that he’s in flies away just before getting crushed by a falling building. The special effects make it fun, but I want to talk about what would happen in real life if, or more accurately WHEN, the big one strikes the West Coast, because this is a real event that will happen someday. Just to clarify, I am not a geologist, but my father is and we have discussed this scenario in depth. First, let’s discuss how earthquakes are measured. There are small and large earthquakes and everything in between. There is a standardized scale from 1 to 10 (and higher) to measure the energy released. Each number assigned is a ten-fold increase in magnitude, which means that a magnitude 7 quake is ten-times as powerful as a magnitude 6 quake. What are we talking about when we say the Big One? A “Big One” could be 7.0
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